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The Cathay Room

#78 of 15,979 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
The Bund
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9F, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China
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+86 21 6321 6888
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Virginia
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467 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an excellent dinner in the Cathay Room. I had the sea bass and lobster, which was delicious. They offer four reds and four whites by the glass. The view of the Pudong skyscrapers is magnificent, and we watched the brightly lit tourist boats ply the river. I had ice cream and berries for dessert. Others at our table... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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184 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had booked a table on the terrace on the 8th floor but a strong wind had come up and so they gave us a lovely table inside next to a window overlooking the ever changing lights on the buildings in Pudong. After dinner we braved the winds to go outside and experience the views along the Bund and across... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great lunch at The Cathay Room. The prix fixe menu allows you to choose either two or three courses (we chose two so I can't speak to the desserts), and while not inexpensive the pricing was very reasonable for the quality, setting and service. The menu felt maybe like fusion but with a French influence, it offered several... More 

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ottawa canada
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369 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The terrace to this restaurant is truly stunning. Perfect view of the complete bund skyline. During the day it is very sunny and hot, but for the evening, could not be nicer. The food is very nice portions with gourmet presentation and tastes. At here in the evening with a group and really enjoyed it. Also had breakfast inside the... More 

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Javea, Spain
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an expensive restaurant and neither the food or the service live up to the price tag. The view, if you get a window table, is the best thing, overlooking the Bund. We were staying at the hotel and were recommended to eat here for a special occasion, but the service was slow and chaotic. They didn't know what... More 

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Puebla, Mexico
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017

... and perfect english speaking service. All this accompanied with breathtaking views and a great selection of wines.

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Odense, Denmark
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

went for dinner and i must say it was amazing. the restaurant itself, the view over the bund very very nice experience and most important the food and service extremely high standard

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Carmel, Indiana
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Visited the Cathay Room for a second time this past Friday evening for dinner with work colleagues. Service and food is absolutely excellent. The view of Pudong is nothing short of spectacular. Would highly recommend for special occasions or dinners for great impressions.

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Woodside, California
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

I was there on my own, and still enjoyed the classic menu, with local offerings. Do try the basic salad - it was AMAZING! The hairy crabs are in season, and are not to miss. The experience was classic Chinese. The service was impeccable. The ambiance was elegant. The food, superb. I think all in, as I had a 3... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, USA
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We stayed at the Fairmont, which is recently restored to its historic grandeur. The restaurant was a pleasant surprise--we went for the view, but loved the service. The food was very good, and reasonably priced. We're returning for Peking Duck tonight!

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Italian, French, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, View, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9F, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > The Bund
  • Neighbourhood: The Bund
  • Phone Number: +86 21 6321 6888
Description
Step back into an era of European fine-dining elegance, with stellar service and sparkling Bund views from the terrace, The Cathay Room transports guests back almost a century in time to a glamorous bygone era. The Cathay Room has been Shanghai’s premier dining address since the 30's, not only for its food delicacies but also for its status as a much celebrated, high profile social institution. Originally established as the Grill House in 1933, the Cathay Room was where hotel founder and eccentric global traveller, Sir Victor Sassoon, dined with his highbrow friends in true style. Global leaders, celebrities and socialites came for the perfect dining experience, enjoying the exceptional quality of service and unsurpassed Bund panoramas. Today, the revived Cathay Room embodies the same values of culinary vision, service excellence and social dining. Chef Joshua selects the finest seasonal ingredients from organic and ecological producers for her inspired creations that overwhelm guests’ taste buds with a dash of haute cuisine flair. Lunch Set Menu is served from 12 pm until 2:30 pm. Authentic European classics and contemporary creations highlight premium cuts of meat and seafood accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables and salads. Since developing its passion for excellence in 1929, The Cathay Room’s extensive wine list features more than 250 European and New World labels, including a large selection of medium and full-bodied reds for perfect matching of the prime cuts of meat.

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Staying in The Bund

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The Bund
While there are certainly many other “bunds” in the world, “the Bund” refers to Shanghai’s famous waterfront. The area’s Gothic, Art Deco and Beaux Arts monoliths were built when it was part of the Shanghai International Settlement run by the British and Americans. The atmosphere of colonial-era luxury has endured over time and is now found in the five-star hotels, luxury brand boutiques and expensive restaurants that can be found within the historic buildings. A cultural center has built up away from the water and some of Shanghai’s best art galleries and museums are housed close to the Bund. Nighttime views of Pudong and the rest of the city also make for a great backdrop at the many rooftop clubs.
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